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Subject: Middling show in the Midwest...
Here Comes Sunshine features a massive cut into the jam, and poor sound quality. The jam itself sounds like it was nice.
Beat It On Down The Line features a blown start, and then a blown momentum. Luckily, this is getting to the point where Donna is quite preggers and we won’t have to have a lot more of her in the coming shows.
Loser is super mellow. Near the end of the show the SQ gets weirded out, balances go into flux.
Black Throated Wind actually gets us back on track. The finale is especially solid.
They Love Each Other has us getting back to the level I’d like them to perform at after a less than ideal start to the show. We get some static in here.
Cumberland Blues gets us, finally, to where we need to be. Static continues. Jerry and the boys have fun on this one, again. X factor is achieved in here. You may just want to start the show from this point.
El Paso maintains the levels we have achieved.
You Ain't Woman Enough, the last one ever. I unceremoniously skipped it. If I had never heard this song I’d be better for it.
Weather Report Suite Prelude >Weather Report Suite Part > These two parts are played nicely, nothing special, it was rather structured of course, so not a lot of room for improvement.
Let It Grow is a bit slower than I’d like it as we hit the first verses. The jamming is nice, but overall they can do better.
Playing In The Band > Since it’s cut, we pretty much go into the jam sooner than we’re used to. 3 minutes in Jerry is on top of things, but the song isn’t driven. After the 4 minute mark we’re still on theme with focused PITB jamming from the boys, tempo is slow, Jerry is putting out beautiful notes while Keith keeps things calm but also beautiful behind him, and I really don’t hear much Bob. It falls into spaciness around 9 minutes in and
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo> appears as if a comet. Excellent playing in here from Jerry, he’s the star. There are faster tempo, more exciting versions, but this is a nice rendition that should be heard.
Big River> maintains tempo
Playing In The Band seems to come in after a cut. This portion is much more interesting than the first portion, perhaps having been juiced up by the ½ Step>River.
He's Gone> is a bit slow at start, but knowing they won’t put down the instruments again until the end of the show is pretty cool. It picks up some steam and the outro jam is nice, Jerry hitting some very high notes, and the blues tempo eases us into the beginning of
Truckin'> is exactly what we want from this era, a nice explosion, and settling into the common follower in
Wharf Rat> which is nothing spectacular.
Sugar Magnolia> This has a lot of energy, as usual, and a lot of Donna.
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad> starts off too slow for my liking, but finishes strong.
One More Saturday Night feels like they are kind of going through the motions.
The first set is rather a letdown. Plagued with sound issues and what not. Energy wasn’t there except on a few tunes (Cumberland and El Paso).
The second set is pretty interesting because it offers us two meat sequences! However, the energy is inconsistent once again. The highlight is Half-Step>Big River>PITB.
Overall, not a great show, much better within the time period.
Outrageous & adventurous. Not totally clear recording, whatever.
Subject: Mr. Kreutzmann
is the man. Fall '73 is really a time he shines. The entire show he ties the songs together with some great ass jazzy drumming. The rest of the band sure isn't slacking either.
The HCS, TLEO, Cumberland, El Paso, and WRS>LIG demonstrate all the band members talent as individuals and as a group throughout the first set. Bill and Phil really lay the base bones down for Keith to pound away on some amazing chords and key licks while Bob strums away and Jerry plays oh so sweetly.
The second set is even more fantastic than the first. Playin' > 1/2 Step > Big River > Playin'? DAMN! Certainly all amazingly played with some odd but pretty good transitions between songs. The show really peaked for me during the He's Gone > Truckin'. The jam in is suberb and the songs are played so well.
There's a little tape hiss but it's not too bad.
This is what Dead setlists are supposed to look like and this is how the Grateful Dead is supposed to sound. If you're looking for amazing Dead I will always highly suggest the Fall tour of 1973, always. And this show sure falls right into it ;)
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Subject: keith sounds wonderful
I am a HUGE Keith fan, and he plays exceptionally well this show. especially in El Paso.
Also, besides the splice in Wharf Rat (which isn't anyone's fault) it's just about flawless.